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Denmark Information

Population: 5.38 million

Time Zone: GMT/UTC GMT +1 (+2 in summer)

Driving side: Driving is on the right hand side of the road

Languages: Danish English German

Religion: Lutheran

Emergency #: All Emergencies 112

Denmark Popular Destinations

Copenhagen This is the largest city in Scandinavia and has been Denmark's capital for 600 years. The city itself is appealing with low-rise period buildings, church steeples that rise to the sky and a few modern hotels. The pedestrian mall Stoget seems to go on endlessly and here is where the visitor will find great shopping and entertainment. In the centre of the city you will find the famous Tivoli gardens where both young and old will have great fun at the funfair or a relaxing stroll around the gardens. The Latin Quarter is cosmopolitan and the tempting coffee aromas will certainly lure you to that section of the city.

Egeskov Castle This castle built in 1554 in the middle of a small lake is a true gem. It still has a moat and drawbridge and its foundation is thousands of upright oak trunks. The castle inside is furnished with antique pieces, period paintings and plenty of hunting trophies. The grounds are really interesting as they cover a 15 hectare area with privet hedges which are a century old, peacocks who roam at will and manicured English gardens; the most spectacular, if you enjoy something different, is a 200 year old bamboo maze. The visitor will also find a car museum which houses about 300 period cars.

Mons Klint This striking landscape is located on the island of Mon, south of Zealand. This is where you will find the magnificent white chalk cliffs which rise 128m above sea level. These cliffs were formed about 5000 years ago by the calcareous deposits being lifted from the ocean floor. It is possible to walk down to the beach and back in about half and hour; or if you are feeling really energetic take the long way back about and hour and a half walk through a forest of wind-gnarled beech trees.

Ribe This is the oldest town in Scandinavia and can be found in southern Jutland. In Ribe you will find crooked, cobbled streets and 16th century half-timbered houses and you will feel like you have walked into a living museum. Due to incessant wars with Sweden, Ribe never became an important medieval trading centre, but was spared being modernised. Recently a number of silver coins dating back as far as AD 700 have been found and indicates that Ribe was once a market town. The Ribe Cathedral is the town's landmark and if you climb the 14th century tower you will have a spectacular view of the countryside.

The Experimentarium - Tuborg Havnevej 7, Hellerup For a totally different experience this is the place to go, as here is where young and old can touch and tweak exhibits. This museum is an activity centre where you can learn more about nature, technology, health and the environment. Every year 300 interactive exhibits can be found at the centre. This is truly a paradise for children, especially those who love to touch and for adults who are just plain curious.

Moving Around Denmark

A practical way to move around Denmark is to cycle as there are plenty of bike paths, both in the towns and from town to town. However, if you do not feel energetic enough to cycle, Denmark has excellent train and bus systems and reasonable fares. Many of the regional buses are timed to connect with the trains. Driving in Denmark is on the right hand side of the road and the wearing of seat belts is compulsory; all drivers have to carry a warning triangle.

The populated islands of Denmark are connected by ferry networks, but if you feel adventurous you can charter a yacht and tour the islands at your leisure.

National festival and holidays

Roskilde Festival This is the largest rock music festival in Northern Europe and is very popular. It is held in late June or early July.

Tonder Festival This festival is held at the end of August and is one of northern Europe's largest folk festivals.

Arhus Festival On the first Saturday of September the city of Arhus becomes a stage, as there is music, drama performances and a host of other activities. This festival also includes the Viking Festival with Viking style ships, jesters, jousting and archery competitions and traditional food and drink.

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